Technologists for Global Transformation
The Technologists for Global Transformation program (formerly the Associate Product Manager program, or APM) develops and deploys an exceptional network of early career technologists to solve systemic global challenges for public benefit.
Technologists will benefit from an accelerated career development opportunity through high-leverage projects, exposure to problems in different domains, and connections with an unmatched network of peers and mentors working at the intersection of tech and impact. The program is designed to broaden the pool of technologists working for public benefit, and as a result, address systemic and interconnected ecological and socio-economic challenges.
The TGT program will consist of technologists in two specific tracks that reflect in-demand skill sets in the tech and impact ecosystem.
These are the (i) engineering track and the (ii) product track, with a focus on service delivery in nonprofits and government. Over the course of two years, technologists will rotate among a range of impact projects, operating with ownership and autonomy while learning from mentors at Schmidt Futures, other Schmidt Family-related organizations, and external partners.
Applications are now closed for the Fall 2023 Cohort. All applicants will be updated on next steps on October 24th, 2022.
Engineering technologists will work in small teams and drive tangible impact through delivering software solutions that address complex societal challenges. Key responsibilities will include evaluating technical architecture with other engineers, building customer software applications, and developing technical strategies with other team members
Engineers who join this team are entrepreneurial technologists early in their careers who are eager to change the world.
In collaboration with teammates who have expertise ranging from policy and international relations to data science and education, product technologists will build products that leverage technology to further Schmidt Futures’ goals and benefit society.
Product Managers “graduate” with a range of technical, soft and leadership skills which equip them to manage teams in product or product-adjacent roles, found companies as entrepreneurs, and create impact in a variety of leadership roles.
Our program empowers each Product Manager with a toolkit that will allow them to craft a unique journey and become catalysts of change in the impact sector.
What you'll gain
Project leadership skills
- You will be asked to collaborate with internal and external teams;
- You will develop in-demand hard and soft skills including core tech and leadership skills;
- You will be offered mentorship and coaching;
- You will learn on-the-job via rotational experiences;
- You will develop strong bonds and networks within and across cohorts
A community of like-minded technologists
Be part of our community helping us to shape the future of the Technologists for Global Transformation program, mentor the next cohort.
Solve real problems
Your contribution will help us implement Schmidt Futures organizational and programmatic initiatives, in collaboration with teammates who have expertise ranging from policy and international relations to data science and education.
The Technologists for Global Transformation program’s impact in the world includes:
- Application Deadline: October 3 (Applications are now closed for the Fall 2023 Cohort. All applicants will be updated on next steps on October 24th, 2022. )
- Interviews: End of October – Mid-November
- Final Decision Notification: Mid-December
What Qualities Do We Look For?
Demonstrates compassion. Gets to know the end users well in order to help understand problems and create the most personalized impact.
Eager to do whatever needs to be done to get a product out into the world, forging trust with teammates through humility and hard work. Drives team success through effective time management.
Committed to advancing society through the principles and values that drive Schmidt Futures: to find exceptional people and help them do more for others.
Online Application – Candidates will submit their resume and application materials through the job posting by October 3, 2022.
Technical Assessment – Select candidates will be invited to complete a timed technical assessment that will assess mastery in at least one programming language, analytic and systems thinking, and problem-solving through engineering and design questions.
Interviews – Select candidates will meet with members of the Schmidt Futures team in up to three interviews to discuss program fit and career aspirations. For applicants interested in engineering, candidates will talk through how they would deploy software solutions to solve complex social problems. For applicants interested in product with a focus on service delivery in nonprofits and government, they will talk about product sense, and user and impact-centered reasoning.
Requesting a TGT Placement
If your organization could benefit from a technologist to solve hard problems in science and society, please fill out the following form, which requests responses to the following questions:
- What problem (or problems) could a technologist tackle at your organization in a reasonable time, such as 6 months? Please describe one or two examples. How would you imagine a technologist spending a day at your organization?
- Do you have a technical team? Give us a brief overview of their roles (e.g. “1 front-end engineer, 1 DevOps engineer, 1 designer, 1 product manager”).
- Within your organization, who could serve as a dedicated mentor to the TGT?
Our exceptional TGTs are matched on a rolling basis. We may want to meet with you before a placement decision is made. The sooner your organization is able to share this information, the better!
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science (with graduation expected by June 2023) or an equivalent level of training and expertise (coding bootcamps, have learned on the job, or are self taught).
- A demonstrated ability or interest in applying science and technology to solve social problems.
- Be based at the Schmidt Futures offices in New York and travel within the U.S. and internationally regularly as needed following company policy and permitting circumstances.
- We are committed to looking holistically at applicants from diverse backgrounds, including international candidates, to build the strongest cohort. Candidates who do not meet all requirements but who can make a case for being considered for the position are encouraged to apply.
Technologists for Global Transformation 2022 Cohort
Featured Senior APMs/Product, Technologists for Global Transformation Program
Sincere Cheong (2021 Class)
Sincere is a 2021 Senior APM at Schmidt Futures. Before Schmidt Futures, she studied computer science and business with a concentration in sustainability and social impact from the University of British Columbia.
Jonathan Lipman (2021 Class)
Jonathan is a 2021 Senior APM at Schmidt Futures. Before Schmidt Futures, he studied computer Science and philosophy at Stanford University.
Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi (2021 Class)
Adedoyin is a 2021 Senior APM at Schmidt Futures. Prior to Schmidt Futures, she studied computer science, data science and economics at MIT, and received a Master’s in Global Affairs in Beijing.